The Risks Of Transporting Hazardous Materials

By July 13, 2013Letters

Dear Editor. Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Corp. is holding an Open House on July 20 in Abbotsford. As a way for the public to be informed to ask questions at this PR event (NOT to be confused with real public consultation or a public hearing) please share with your readers:

I hope that elected representatives at all three levels of government in
B.C. are paying close attention in order to protect residents from the
risks of transporting diluted “crude” or other hazardous materials through
their communities whether it is by rail, pipeline or tanker.

Here are excerpts from recent articles re the actual risks to communities.

Lac-Mégantic: Months-long cleanup of crude oil lies ahead

“The surrounding rolling green mountains and pretty clapboard cottages
belie not only the destruction in the heart of the town but the
contamination of the Chaudière River that runs through Lac-Mégantic.
Extensive oil slicks have been spotted in the river as far away as
St-Georges, 80 kilometres northeast of Lac-Mégantic.”

Outdated welding ‘root cause’ of Pegasus spill

“A 60-year-old section of the Pegasus pipeline ruptured in late March and
spewed an estimated 5000 barrels of crude onto the driveways and lawns of
residents of Mayflower, Arkansas. Around 22 homes were damaged and
ExxonMobil has offered to buy the properties.”

Lynn Perrin BGS MPP

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